Firm Profile > Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) > Vienna, Austria

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

Austria > EU and competition Tier 2

The competition team at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) handles a wide range of competition matters, often with a German or CEE-related element. Department lead Christina Hummer divides her time between Vienna and Brussels and focuses her practice on antitrust proceedings and compliance.  Markus Fellner also plays a key role in contentious work, for instance with regard to cartels and leniency.

Practice head(s):

Christina Hummer

Other key lawyers:


‘The members of SCWP always perform their work in a first-class manner, just in time and with reliable results. I feel confident in the firm’s expertise and work performed. ’

‘Markus Fellner is precise in his advice and never losing the practical connections and needs of his client. His strength lies in his outstanding written briefs.’

‘SCWP offers any kind of excellent legal advice under one roof which means that clients don’t have to search around for first class legal advice. The individual lawyers of different areas which often have to build teams (especially in complex projects) can communicate easily and in a fast way.’

‘The lawyers are specialists in their respective area which means that clients receive in-depth analysis of great value.’

‘Markus Fellner provided us with the right tactical strategies in advance of meetings. With him, we were able to create a productive and friendly relationship with the authority, which helped us to agree on more favourable terms than previously anticipated. Mr Fellner was also very quick in handling our matters and was easily available.’

‘In total, we are very keen to give the practice our warmest recommendations.’

‘SCWP has an excellent team coving all aspects needed. Their lawyers are innovative and competent and deliver excellent work. They are reachable 24/7. Being present not only in Vienna but also Upper Austria is highly appreciated.’

‘I have worked with Christina Hummer, who is highly competent. The cooperation with her always runs smoothly and the result is always as we had hoped for. I really appreciate her commitment and her efficient, solution-oriented approach. She is able to bring even very complex problems in a comprehensible way to the point. As a client of her you always have the feeling being the most important for her.’

Key clients

dm-drogerie markt Verwaltungs GmbH

Habau Hoch- und Tiefgesellschaft m.b.H.

Employees of Kaefer Isoliertechnik GmbH

Hofer KG

HYPO NOE Versicherungsservice GmbH

KTM AG / Pierer Mobility AG (trademark)

Pierer Industrie AG

KTM AG / Pierer Mobility AG (acquisition Kiska)

Baumit GmbH

PBS Holding GmbH

Pankl SHW Industries AG

Ardex GmbH

PPS Pipeline Systems GmbH

Walter Lang GmbH

Austria > Private client Tier 2

The private client practice at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) includes individuals based across the firm's offices in Wels, Linz, Graz and Vienna, although Upper Austria is the department's main focus. In addition to divorce, succession and inheritance planning, the group headed by Gerald Schmidsberger and Birgit Leb has a core focus on corporate governance and company law issues. The former is very knowledgeable of Austria private foundations, whereas the latter is a key name for articles of association, preliminary marriage agreements and other contracts between spouses. Heidi Lallitsch, who is particularly involved in real estate work, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Schmidsberger; Birgit Leb

Other key lawyers:


‘We have a personal lawyer who has access to all specialists within SCWP Group. So we talk to one person but have the whole range of special knowledge of all lawyers.’

Key clients

Greiner Holding AG

Susanne Kaufmann

MVTE Privatstiftung

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

When it comes to data protection and data privacy, Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) is able to cover several angles including GDPR, cookie warnings, health data protection and the data elements of M&A. The team is led by data protection all-rounder Michael Pachinger and counsel Philipp Reinisch, who specialises in international data transfers and cloud computing solutions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Pachinger; Philipp Reinisch


‘We received high-quality advice from Dr. Pachinger, above all competence and commitment in auditing and advice on all data protection issues. With Dr. Pachinger of the law firm SCWP Schindhelm we have a professional companion in data protection at the highest level!’

Key clients

VERITAS – Verlags- und Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H. & Co. OG YOUSURE Tarifvergleich GmbH

TimeTac GmbH

Ringana GmbH

dm -drogerie markt GmbH

Ulla Popken GmbH & Co.KG.

Hagleitner Hygiene International GmbH

Medakte GmbH

E. Breuninger GmbH & Co.

Upper Austria Tourism

Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

With a strong presence in Upper Austria, Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) is routinely retained to assist with disputes in sectors with particular regional significance such as construction, engineering and manufacturing but the team has recently also handled mandates from the retail and automotive sectors, among others. Litigation and arbitration expert Markus Fellner heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner


‘In my opinion, the excellent competence lies in the rapid processing and the well-founded, precise legal processing for the client. You always feel understood with regard to the problem. The focus is on the client and their problem.’

‘Very well organised firm.’

‘The team represented by Markus Fellner is characterised by competent, fact-based, quick processing and appropriate legal interpretation as well as precise assessment of success. Especially the technical terms and problems are not a problem and are very well taken into account and included in the evaluation.’

‘They are friendly and co-operative.’

‘The team I’ve worked with is immensely hardworking and dedicated to advancing their client’s case. They’re great to collaborate with on cross-border matters, as they seek to use their own domestic legislation and court rules imaginatively and creatively, but at the same time they anticipate the impact which that can have on us. Bright, sparky individuals with lots of ideas.’

‘I appreciate the expertise, operational readiness, ambition and solution orientation of Markus Fellner.’

‘We have worked with Markus Fellner and he is good at understanding the needs and he is flexible with the timings which is good for us.’

Markus Fellner is knowledgeable and has informed us upfront, which has allowed us to weigh our options. I would definitely recommend him to others.

‘Markus Fellner is an excellent lawyer, very diligent, reasonable and effective. I have worked with him on a number of occasions in differing settings.’

‘Markus Fellner is intellectually rigorous but with great agility and creativity in formulating and implementing litigation strategies. Always looks for different angles and how best to exploit the opponent’s weaknesses.’

‘I wish to mention Markus Fellner – a very bright lawyer, experienced in arbitration. Focused and dedicated to the tasks given. A man of great integrity.’

Key clients

HDI Global SE (former HDI-Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG), HDI Versicherung AG (Prague) and Siemens s.r.o.

KTM AG / Pierer Mobility AG (formerly KTM Industries AG)

Dm drogeriemarkt

LSW GmbH and HLSW GmbH

Universitätszahnklinik GmbH

Bilfinger Bohr- und Rohrtechnik GmbH and HDI Global SE

Klenk & Meder GmbH

Implenia Bau GmbH

Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Primarily run from Wels, Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) receives regular instructions from distressed companies in Upper Austria but also handles national and cross-border mandates. Led by insolvency and restructuring expert Ernst Chalupsky, who also acts as insolvency administrator, the team is adept at advising creditors and debtors on liquidation procedures, insolvency-related litigation and restructuring plans including associated negotiations with banks.

Practice head(s):

Ernst Chalupsky

Other key lawyers:

Austria > Public procurement Tier 3

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) acts for a number of clients from Upper Austria and is retained to guide companies through the full life cycle of public procurement and tender procedures. Department lead Hanno Liebmann and his team have developed a procurement platform to facilitate the processing of most public procurement matters. Areas of expertise include transport and particularly railway law.

Practice head(s):

Hanno Liebmann

Other key lawyers:


‘The members of SCWP always perform their work in first class manner, just in time and with reliable results. I feel confident in the firms expertise and work performed.’

‘Hanno Liebmann is precise in his advice and never losing the practical connections and needs of their client. He notably understands representing his clients positions in his oral pleadings.’

Key clients

Federal State of Upper Austria

Federal State of Salzburg

Bundespensionskasse AG

Schiene OÖ GmbH

Oö. Theater und Orchester GmbH

Elin GmbH

Oberösterreichische Gesundheitsholding GmbH

Kepler Universitätsklinikum GmbH

Soravia Group and Soravia Equity GmbH

Energie AG Oberösterreich Tech Services GmbH

Xenocs SAS

Austria > Real estate Tier 3

Real estate developers and investors routinely call upon Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)'s expertise to assist with real estate transactions in the retail sector as well as those pertaining to residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. While the team, which is led by real estate M&A expert Immanuel Gerstner, has a focus on the transactional side of the business - which was further strengthened by Lukas Leitner's promotion to contract partner in April 2020 - it is also well equipped to guide clients through tenancy law and project finance issues as well as real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Immanuel Gerstner

Other key lawyers:


‘They have a deep understanding of what we need. We see that they have handled huge transactions in the last years and really understand real estate projects. Other firms only see the legal side, not trying to find solutions that also work practically. Besides that, they are fast and responsive. They are also available when we need them, we have the mobile phone numbers of some partners so we can call them outside business hours.’

‘We would not opt for any other team in these matters.

‘SCWP is our main firm for large-scale transactions and we have a long-standing relationship with them and have always been extremely satisfied. The whole team we deal with is very experienced and as a client you feel extremely well advised and supported. In other larger law firms often the team heads are very competent, but such competence is not reflected on lower levels within the team. With SCWP it is different. We have the impression that we receive high-level advice on all levels of the SCWP team.’

‘We mainly work with Irene Meingast. She is great. Not only does she understand what we need in legal terms, but she also understands our real estate needs. We see that we get top real estate support because she also studied real estate management and therefore understands it more than a normal lawyer. She has a hands-on mentality. She always knows all the details of the project. We can call her any time, she helps us immediately. She covers all areas of real estate – from share deals and asset deals to developments, land register issues and disputes. She successfully handles our most complicated projects.’

‘Immanuel Gerstner is excellent in negotiating.’

‘To a very large part we worked with Immanuel Gerstner. He is highly respected within the real estate industry, not only within the legal community but within the industry at large. This often facilitates contract negotiations. He is able to deal with pressure and adapts to changing situations very quickly. He is my go-to choice for large-scale transactions.’

Lukas Leiter is great at handling financing issues.’

‘We also have intensive contact with Lukas Leitner. He has a hard work ethic and is always aware of the details and at the same time always manages to see the bigger picture. His understanding of the industry is outstanding and he also understands the commercial/ financial implications of a deal.’

Key clients

MVTE private foundation, part of IES Group

Soravia Group

Leasinvest Real Estate SCA

Ima Immobilien GmbH

Lambert Immobilien GmbH

PMI Immobilien und Beteiligungs GmbH

W-One Capital GmbH

Sth Living GmbH

Austria > Administrative law and public sector Tier 4

The practice at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) unites Hanno Liebmann and his Vienna-based public law team with Markus Nussbaumer's environmental group in Linz to provide a diverse array of legal services. Liebmann has additional knowledge of public law related to railways and tram lines, whereas Nussbaumer regularly advises on the environmental aspects of public projects.

Practice head(s):

Hanno Liebmann; Markus Nussbaumer


‘Specialist in national and European railway law, which is very rare.’

‘Very good cooperation. Conversation at eye level. Very friendly, courteous, helpful and professional.’

Key clients

Federal State of Upper Austria

Schiene OÖ GmbH

Vienna Insurance Group

Wiener Städtische Versicherung

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 4

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) utilises its solid real estate law expertise to specialise in real estate and construction finance and refinancing but also assists clients, including real estate developers, banks and public sector bodies, with regulatory matters. Co-head Matthias Steyrer is a key contact for regulatory issues, while co-head Immanuel Gerstner is experienced in real estate finance transactions, including those with DCM elements, and is regularly assisted by  Lukas Leitner, who was promoted to contract partner in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Immanuel Gerstner; Matthias Steyrer

Other key lawyers:


‘The team works 24/7 on transactions; engagement is 120%; knowledge is 120%; high quantity of transactions; they always know the solution before problems arise.’

Key clients

LIGMA Lead Invest Management GmbH

IFA Invest GmbH

ecoduna AG

Soravia Group

Landes-Hypothekenbank Steiermark Aktiengesellschaft

IFA Institut für Anlageberatung AG

Bank of Shanghai

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has a particularly strong corporate offering in Vienna and Upper Austria, where the department represents industrial companies as well as retail and technology clients. Immanuel Gerstner is experienced in cross-border work and Franz Mittendorfer is often involved in financing and structuring elements of transactions. Over the course of 2020, the team saw several new arrivals and promotions such as M&A specialist Lukas Leitner, who is now a contract partner.

Practice head(s):

Immanuel Gerstner; Franz Mittendorfer

Other key lawyers:


‘Immanuel Gerstner and Lukas Leitner showed great dedication and availability for every request we had. The flexibility shown was tremendous and really invites me to engage in future engagements with SCWP, especially with Immanuel and Lukas.’

‘Very helpful, fast response, friendly team.’

‘Reach out almost every day, more like a professional friendship.’

‘SCWP Schindhelm (SCWP) is particularly characterized by its strong business-law competence. This competence results from an all-round education by the lawyers, the many years of experience of the partners and attorneys in commercial law issues, as well as the constant handling of projects of significant size.’

‘SCWP not only fulfils the basic requirements of comprehensive and correct legal consulting, but also always include the business aspect in the evaluation, so that legally correct and economically efficient solutions are always developed together.’

‘Throughout the entire duration of the project, the focus on essentials was never lost. The transparency of the individual’s work is exceptional and reveals the added value that SCWP offers at every stage of the business relationship. The personal commitment with the project and the comprehensive effort of the individual complete the outstanding service.’

Key clients

AVV Invest GmbH

Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs Aktiengesellschaft

Soravia Group

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich GmbH

IES Immobilien Group

Leasinvest Real Estate SCA

Energie AG Oberösterreich


Susanne Kaufmann

Vamed AG

UBM Development AG

RealBestand Immobilien GmbH & Co KG

City-Parkhaus Linz GmbH

Real-Treuhand Bau- und Facilitymanagement GmbH

Eurocrane (China) Co. Limited

FIMA Sportstudio Management Gmbh

REMA Tip Top Industrie GmbH

Voith – Werke Ing. A. Fritz Voith GmbH & Co. KG

Windpower EP GmbH

Birgit Pfeiffer Plus-City Beteiligungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Maria Pfeiffer Plus-City Beteiligungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

W-One Capital GmbH

KTM Industries AG

Austria > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 4

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has a strong presence in Upper Austria, which leads to regular instructions concerning important regional sectors including engineering, automotive and construction, but the team is equally well placed to handle cross-border disputes with a focus on CEE and Asia as well as mandates from various other industries. The team, which is led by litigation and arbitration specialist Markus Fellner, has recently been particularly active handling various contractual issues.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner

Key clients

Steyr Motors Co., Ltd.

KSJ Pharmatech Pty Lt.

ARGE Klenk & Meder GmbH und Schmied-Fellmann Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Klenk & Meder GmbH (Renngasse)

CIETAC Arbitration Centre

Bilfinger Bohr- und Rohrtechnik GmbH and HDI Global SE

Austria > Employment Tier 5

Although the employment practice at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) has a particular stronghold in Upper Austria, the team is no stranger to cross-border work. Roland Heinrich , who has a focus on employment contracts, plant closures and redundancy plans, and temporary employment expert Bettina Poglies-Schneiderbauer are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Roland Heinrich; Bettina Poglies-Schneiderbauer


‘Professional, smart, pragmatic.’

‘Very reliable.’

‘Roland Heinrich is very skilled.’

Key clients

Susanne Kaufmann Kosmetik GmbH

Kühne + Nagel Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 5

Located in Wels, the IP team at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) has a strong client base in Upper Austria. The group handles a range of trade mark and patent law including enforcement and is also active in niche areas such as misuse of domain names and internet-related IP matters. Trade mark expert Maximilian Gumpoldsberger jointly heads the team with TMT specialist Michael Pachinger and Reinhard Paulitsch, who is noted for trade mark and unfair competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Pachinger; Maximilian Gumpoldsberger; Reinhard Paulitsch

Key clients

Patent South Africa, Dr. Gerntholtz Inc Intellectual Property Lawyers

SIA Social Impact gemmeinnützige GmbH (“SIA Social Impact”)

CC1 Immobilien GmbH

The firm:  Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) is one of Austria´s leading business law firms. The firm’s roots date back to 1946. Based on this long-standing tradition, the firm’s focus is to provide comprehensive legal advice in all relevant fields of domestic and international business and commercial law by using their wide-ranging and in-depth experience and understanding of sectors, industries and markets.

Saxinger Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has an excellent, ambitious team of lawyers eager to benefit their clients’ businesses. They differentiate themselves from other Austrian law firms with their excellent level of client care by explaining and summarising any legal problems and providing the respective tailored solutions to their client´s technical and/or commercial needs. Through its global network combined  with local expertise and in-depth know-how they can thus guarantee their clients the best possible legal advice in many different juristictions.

One of Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners’ major changes happened in 2009 after a significant expansion which enlarged the firm’s wide-ranging expertise across many industries. The firm acted as a founding member of the international Schindhelm Alliance. Since then SCWP Schindhelm is a member of the SCWP Schindhelm Services SE, an alliance of European business law firms with offices in Central and Eastern Europe and the Asia Pacific region with more than 230 lawyers in 14 countries at 30 offices, including: Bilbao, Bologna, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Denia, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gliwice, Graz, Hanover, Imola, Istanbul, Linz, Madrid, Munich, Osnabrück, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Pilsen, Prague, Shanghai, Sofia, Taicang, Valencia, Vienna, Warsaw, Wels and Wroclaw.

In 2010, the firm started its commitment in the Asian market with an Asia desk and its alliance office in Shanghai, which was in 2015 extended and strengthened by the Asia network and an additional office in Taicang. The firm’s clients now benefit from the Asia network of the Schindhelm alliance and reliable partners in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as offices located in China.

Areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: whether it is the purchase or disposal of companies or share holdings – the firm’s advisory activities cover the entire range of possible transaction forms. The firm advises on all phases of the transaction, from the letter of intent, the structuring and control of the transaction to due diligence and contract creation, to post-closing.

Real estate: whether it is acquisition or sale, development or management, utilisation or financing of real estate, the firm advises in all aspects of real estate: from property and construction law to corporate and capital market, and tax and environmental law.

Banking and finance/capital markets: the firm advises large and medium-sized companies and international corporations, public institutions and national and international banks and funds on all issues of financial management from the formulation of contracts to possible proceedings and disputes, both out of court and before courts, arbitral tribunals and other authorities.

Litigation/dispute resolution: the renowned dispute resolution practice of SCWP Schindhelm has vast experience in both advising and representing foreign, multinational and international clients before national and European courts as well as before arbitral tribunals. The experts of SCWP Schindhelm litigate in all areas of law and represent their clients in all kinds of disputes such as post M&A, corporate and construction disputes. SCWP Schindhelm’s experts are among others especially experienced in the industry sectors automotive, energy, construction and industrial engineering, distribution and franchising, health care and pharmaceutical, financial services, real estate as well as transportation. Further, SCWP Schindhelm’s experts are also active as arbitrators and business mediators.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A, Insolvency, Dispute Resolution Ernst Chalupsky
Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate Immanuel Gerstner
IP/IT Maximilian Gumpoldsberger
Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate Wolfgang Lauss
Banking and Finance, Corporate M&A, Litigation, Real Estate Franz Mittendorfer
Corporate/M&A, Banking and Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring, Private Client Gerald Schmidsberger
Corporate/M&A, Insolvency and Restructuring, Real Estate Alexander Anderle
Litigation/dispute resolution, Antitrust/Distribution Markus Fellner
Antitrust/distribution, Compliance Christina Hummer
Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Private Client Birgit Leb
Dispute Resolution, Public Construction and Environmental Law, Public Procurement Hanno Liebmann
Real Estate, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law Irene Meingast
Procurement, Compliance, IP/IT Markus Nussbaumer
IP/IT, Contracts and Standard Terms Michael Pachinger
Commercial criminal law/compliance Oliver Plöckinger
Corporate, Employment law, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate Bettina Poglies-Schneiderbauer
Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dipsute Resolution, Private Client Thomas Ruhm
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Mag iur Markus P. Fellner  photo Mag iur Markus P. Fellner Position: Lawyer, partner; Titles: Mag. iur., LL.M.; Expertise: Markus P. Fellner is…
Dr iur Hanno Liebmann  photo Dr iur Hanno Liebmann Position: Lawyer, partner; Titles: Dr. iur.; Expertise: Hanno Liebmann is specialised in…
Dr iur Irene Meingast  photo Dr iur Irene Meingast Partner; Title: Dr. iur.; Expertise: Irene Meingast primarily deals with real estate…
Dr Thomas Ruhm  photo Dr Thomas Ruhm Lawyer, partner; Titles: Dr. iur., LL.M., Solicitor (England & Wales); Expertise: Corporate,…
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Number of lawyers in this country : 77

CLIENT: Nikolaus Lallitsch, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Raiffeisen Landesbank Steiermark
TESTIMONIAL: Für uns ist SCWP Schindhelm längst die Nummer eins in allen Immobilienangelegenheiten.

SCWP Schindhelm has become the number one in all real estate matters for us.

CLIENT: Petra Riffert, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH
TESTIMONIAL: Ich darf Ihnen das Kompliment der wirklich angenehmen und sehr kompetenten Zusammenarbeit aussprechen.

I would like to compliment you on the really pleasant and very competent cooperation.

CLIENT: Markus Auer, CFO
COMPANY/FIRM: Beck Fastener Group
TESTIMONIAL: Ich möchte mich bei Ihnen für Ihre grandiose Unterstützung bedanken! Hat auch Spaß gemacht, mit diesem Team zusammen zu arbeiten!

I would like to thank you for your great support! It was also fun to work with this team!

CLIENT: Marc Rieker, attorney
TESTIMONIAL: Im Namen des ganzen GKN Teams danke ich Ihnen vielmals für die geleistete hervorragende Arbeit! Man konnte ja leicht den Überblick verlieren, aber Sie hatten die Sache jederzeit fest im Griff. Zudem waren wir sehr angetan von Ihrer präzisen und verlässlichen Art zu arbeiten.

On behalf of the entire GKN team, I would like to thank you very much for your excellent work! It was easy to lose track of things, but you had the situation under control at all times. We were also very pleased with your precise and reliable way of working.

CLIENT: Thomas Fleischanderl, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: eMagnetix Online Marketing GmbH
TESTIMONIAL: Von der Erfassung unseres Anliegens bis hin über Ausarbeitung und abschließenden Klärung von Fragen lief alles sehr professionell, verständlich und sympathisch ab. Wir sind mit dem Ergebnis sehr zufrieden. Herzlichen Dank, gerne wieder!

Everything went very professionally, smoothly and sympathetically, from taking on our concerns to the clarification of all our questions. We are very satisfied with the results. Many thanks, again!

CLIENT: Leopold Windtner, Chief Executive
TESTIMONIAL: With its multinational competences and in-depth legal guidance, SCWP Schindhelm gave us top advice on the successful implementation of the sale of the AVE CEE group.

CLIENT: Franz Ömer
COMPANY/FIRM: bet-at-home AG
TESTIMONIAL: SCWP Schindhelm has advised us practically since the very beginning of our entrepreneurial activities. They have been and remain competent and reliable partners during all key stages of our corporate development

CLIENT: Manfred Kaulich, Head of legal and risk department
TESTIMONIAL: The SCWP team represented us to the highest standard during this lawsuit. Due to its complexity, the facts had to be assessed meticulously, in particular in order to “bring down” the contractual limitation of liability. By virtue of the professional quality of the pleadings, this eventually succeeded

CLIENT: Herbert Kubasta
TESTIMONIAL: SCWP Schindhelm advised Schiene OÖ GmbH to the highest standard on several legal issues during our first big project. The results are convincing.

Immanuel Gerstner, Senior Partner

Senior Partner Immanuel Gerstner about the importance of technological progress in the legal field and what differentiates SCWP Schindhelm from other Austrian law firms

What do you see as the main points that differentiate SCWP Schindhelm (Saxinger, Chalupsky and Partners) from your competitors?

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) is one of Austria’s leading CEE-operating law firms. Our roots date back to 1946. Based on this long-standing tradition, our focus is to provide comprehensive legal advice in all relevant fields of domestic and international business law by making use of our wide-ranging and in-depth experience and understanding of sectors, industries and markets. Our clients include businesses, private investors, government agencies, private individuals and families.

We have an excellent, ambitious team of lawyers eager to win great clients and to benefit our clients’ businesses. We are not just experts at law. We differentiate ourselves from other Austrian law firms with our excellent level of client care by identifying a client’s needs, explaining and summarizing any legal problems and providing the respective tailored solutions to our clients. We can thus proudly guarantee our clients the best possible legal advice. Our people strive to assist clients with all the issues they face, and to think and go beyond traditional lawyering.

In independent ratings of renowned industry publications, SCWP Schindhelm regularly ranks among the top 10 corporate law firms in Austria and the CEE region in numerous fields of law. Legal Directories hold that the firm’s M & A practice is “second to none” in its original home market upper Austria. Upper Austria is the leading state in Austria in terms of industry, exports and technology. Around one quarter of industrial production and exports in Austria stem from this region. At the same time, as member of the SCWP Schindhelm Alliance, an alliance of European corporate law firms, focusing on Central and Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific active in 12 countries to date (see question 3. below), the firm’s practice is predestined to advise clients on all cross-border matters. Said legal directories have in particular also recognize that the growing Vienna practice has gained significant market exposure and reputation throughout the last years and is active for reputable national and international clients. The Vienna practice with its cross-border orientation hence has attracted a new-client segment, i.e. institutional foreign investors.

We are of the opinion that this combination of strong local roots on the one hand and cross-border focus on the other is unique and makes the firm’s practice special.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

We believe that Corporate/M&A which has always been one of the core practices of our firm as well as banking and finance will continue to grow in light of a stronger economy and the growing importance of compliance standards.

Moreover, with reference to our observations over the last few years, we expect the real estate sector to grow steadily. Although there is a general post-Brexit slump in sentiment towards the UK, investors continue to see value in real estate across many parts of Europe.

Another sector that we expect to grow is intellectual property and data protection with reference to an environment of increasing competition, globalization and rapid data transfer.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

One of the major changes happened in 2009 after a significant expansion which enlarged our wide-ranging expertise across many industries. We acted as a founding member of the international Schindhelm Alliance. Since then SCWP Schindhelm is a member of the SCWP Schindhelm Services SE, alliance of European business law firms with offices in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific with more than 200 lawyers in 12 countries at 24 offices.

Our alliance sees itself as an international network and it goes without saying that the lawyers speak both German and English, as well as the respective local language.

Personal contact with our clients – here in Austria or abroad – has always been important to us and in this respect our clients benefit significantly from the alliance and our cooperation offices. Now we can support our clients in all topics and pool the competence of colleagues abroad quickly, professionally and unbureaucratically.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

No business remains unaffected by technology. Social Media, rapid technology adoption and changing behaviors are driving massive changes to the channels through which we communicate. Technology has positively affected the way we interact with our clients. We are now able to easily and transparently communicate with our clients 24/7 from everywhere in the world, including telephone and video conferences, file sharing etc. providing the possibility to develop, maintain, and strengthen the relationship with our clients. As such, we are constantly developing and improving our client relationship management (CRM) and we provide a substantial amount of information and articles on our website as well as newsletters which we send out regularly to our national and international clients.

Furthermore, we also believe that technological progress in the digital field can make an important contribution to increasing the efficiency of our services. At this point, we would like to refer to SimpLex Doks: SCWP Schindhelm recently won the award “Best Legal Tech Innovation 2018” for SimpLEX Doks at the first edition of “Promoting the Best Award”. SimpLEX Doks increases the efficiency of all commercial law firms and legal departments by highly automating applications to the commercial register (Firmenbuch).

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We want our clients to be successful and to achieve their goals. For us, excellent services are creative, pragmatic and commercially expedient results that are tailored to our clients’ requirements and that help them to move forward. Our experts undergo continuous further training and develop new ideas and approaches for solving a problem. We thus keep an eye on all entrepreneurial hurdles and stumbling blocks for our clients.

With regards, particularly to cross-border transactions, which involve several jurisdictions, the international character of the SCWP Schindhelm alliance offers a special added value for the client: a one-stop-shop for legal advice. However, outstanding specialist legal expertise is not enough for us. As a lawyer, it is always very gratifying if a client grows up from a small “start-up” to a publicly listed corporation and we can take part in the process as advisers. Over the years, the outcome is reciprocal trust as well as real friendships.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three year’s time?

Our aim is to evolve, together with our clients and their businesses and to remain one of the most respected full service law firms in Austria. In order to achieve this goal, we t continue assisting our clients in a world that´s becoming more complex every year.

Moreover, we are planning to substantially invest in strategic acquisitions and team hires, and will build capabilities through emphasizing collaboration and talent development. This orientation is emphasised, for example, by the recent hiring of our new partner Matthias Steyrer, who expands the expertise in the field of Banking & Finance at the Vienna office.